Population surges have put greater pressure on areas like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts especially. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT.QUEENSLAND will hit the magic five million headcount in May, official figures show, a milestone helped by a surge in births and migration – putting real estate in the crosshairs.ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the state had hit 4.9m by the end of September last year and was growing at 1.7 per cent, helped along by the likes of 12,000 New South Welsh people crossing the border last year alone.“Natural increase and net overseas migration each added an additional 31,000 people to the state’s population in the year preceding September 2017,” he said. “The third component, net interstate migration, contributed 19,000 over the same period, including a net flow of 12,000 from New South Wales.”At the turn of the 20th century (1901), there were half a million Queenslanders, and it took 37 years to double that figure and another 36 to then go to two million in 1974.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe Commonwealth Games in April is set to see Queensland attract even more attention from a worldwide audience. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT“After that, population growth picked up its pace, taking only 18 years to get to three million in 1992, and just 14 years to reach four million in 2006.”Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman Rob Honeycombe said $54b worth of properties changed hands in the state last year.“Our popularity means demand for housing is growing and this is good news for some of our weaker markets such as the inner Brisbane apartment market and regional Queensland.“Of course, there are pockets where housing supply is tight and this population growth is placing pressure on markets such as the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, where prices are rising steady and vacancy rates are at historic lows.”He welcomed the northern migration by NSW residents.“We have known for some time that many southerners are also moving to regional Queensland, seeking a peaceful lifestyle change. Downsizers and pre-retirees are selling their Sydney property to move to regional coastal towns, such as Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast, to buy waterfront property and a great lifestyle.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
He said: “At all costs, we cannot lose this game, for me. We must try to win it if we can, but if we can’t, make sure we don’t lose it because the distance then between Bournemouth and us, even though people say there are a lot of games to go, there aren’t. “To make up that difference, there isn’t. When you are at the bottom and you have only won five already, you are saying you are having to win three just to catch them up, so we cannot afford to lose this game. “Hopefully we will win it, but if we don’t, make sure we don’t lose. In Sunderland’s favour is the fact that their two most recent successes have come against fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa and Swansea. However, they are yet to draw any of the 15 games for which Allardyce has been in charge to date – they have won five and lost the other 10 – and that is a statistic which continues to perplex the manager. He said: “They have done one good thing – win five – in the short period of time I have been here. The only thing is they haven’t done the other thing very well, which is draw games that they shouldn’t have lost and made sure they should have drawn. “Had we done that just on the extra points, we’d probably be out of the bottom three – in fact, I know we’d be out of the bottom three.” It is no coincidence that the Black Cats’ wins over Villa and the Swans came in part courtesy of five goals from striker Jermain Defoe, although Allardyce admits they cannot continue to rely solely upon their 33-year-old frontman to get them the points they need. Sam Allardyce has warned his Sunderland players they simply cannot afford to lose to Bournemouth if they are to dig themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble. The sides meet at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with the Black Cats still four points from safety despite winning two of their last three league games, and six adrift of the Cherries in 15th. Victory for the home side would drag Eddie Howe’s men back into the thick of the survival scrap, but anything else would compound Allardyce’s problems. Press Association He said: “Somebody else has to have their shooting boots on. It can’t always be Jermain.” Bournemouth will head for Wearside on the back of a precious 3-0 victory over Norwich with manager Eddie Howe knowing back-to-back victories could ease them well clear of trouble. Allardyce said: “Eddie has been progressing steadily over a few years now, even though he still looks very young and handsome and not as haggard as most of us when we do this job. “His experiences over the years have shown that he’s very competent as a manager and now he’s at the top level of his industry, so it’s great credit to him and the club as a whole on what they have achieved.”
Former Queensland Red Taulagi was sent off for a dangerous tackle after the final hooter during the Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs on Saturday.The Auckland-born back came off the bench in Hamilton and drove his shoulder into the head of Shaun Stevenson while the Chiefs outside back was being tackled near the visitors’ tryline in the 27-20 defeat.”Taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s remorse, on-field apology and early guilty plea the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to five weeks (from seven),” the committee said in a statement issued by governing body Sanzaar on Monday.The 23-year-old will not be able to return to the field until after June 10, leaving him only three regular season matches to be available for selection.The Tokyo-based Sunwolves, who travel to Buenos Aires to take on the Jaguares this week, are bottom of the Africa 1 conference with one win from from nine matches. Photo By : HANNAH PETERS/GETTY IMAGES (Sunwolves fullback Jamie-Jerry Taulagi is out for five weeks after being sent off against the Chiefs).